Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1D: Are We There, Yet??

This post continued the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section ID, which is now published and freely available.

I just realized that this will finish my first outline section, chapter 1, section I (of IV), but it definitely went over 1000 words, which is pretty normal for me on a rough draft.  I’ll still need to look at the transitions and then cut words, later, but I prefer to make sure that I get it all in there at the start.

And again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter One, section ID:

Phase IV with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IC was last week…)

ID rough draft:

Chapter 5 will show what the fourth and final stage of this project could look like.  But why, one could ask, must Phase IV come well after Phase I?  Couldn’t we jump straight to the goal, while building increasing support for our  PublicDomainInfrastructure as needed?  To answer that question, we really need to begin at the end, so to speak, with the final goal at the end of the fourth stage of this project being to provide a set of inalienable rights, and connected  responsibilities.

 

The rights would include an acre, or even up to a hectare, of land at birth to each human being, with the GPS coordinates being recorded on each birth certificate as a human  right.  Further, since land is of little use without the knowledge, tools, and work energy to put it to productive use, there would be at least one additional stipulation.  That would be the  xyz of a simple ration of basic food, such as brown rice, local greens, and beans or lentils, enough fresh drinking water, and a basic form of shelter, such as a sturdy bedsit, or a Tiny House.  These rations and rooms would also be “as of right,” as some say, for each and every human being, from birth, and accessible as of the moment the person as a child is able to safely cook an egg unsupervised.

 

Some of the connected responsibilities might include serving, as many Europeans do, in either the defensive services or unarmed civilian sector services such as hospitals or schools.  A commitment to serve a rotation in some form of public service such as local or regional government, for example, could also be a responsibility, if agreed upon by society during this phase.  The crucial point is that getting to this point must also be entirely non-exploitative, non-violent, and non-coercive, if such a society is to be both just and sustainable.  It must be built from the very beginning upon free choice for all, as well as equity and contribution.  But those things do not come unless there is already a sense that there truly is and will be enough for all, and equitable opportunity for all.  Thus, much of the current systemic discrimination must first be demonstrably undone.  The clear changes in our infrastructure, culture, and governance systems as well as outcomes will have to show in absolute terms that society can really be trusted to deliver the inalienable rights as their connected responsibilities are taken up by enough willing citizens.  These changes will neither be easy nor quick, and a certain sequencing will obviously be important, since land availability will depend on openness to new ideas, and yet we cannot have a corresponding opening of borders without more full global development.  This requires both education and tools to be shared far more widely than we see in the world today.  Thus, Phase IV cannot happen without a large amount of preparation, from physical and cultural infrastructure, to education of several kinds, and this takes both time and careful planning.

 

In chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5, we will show the proposed details of what each stage of this project should look like by the end of its fifteen year time frame.  Chapter 6 will lay out some final thoughts on metrics and how one might decide if and how well each phase is progressing at any given point.  Chapters 7-10 will show both suggested pathways to get to each stage, and examples, when available, of previous or current pilots, experiments, or other examples of partial implementation of similar projects or programs.

 

Thus all four parts of PublicDomainInfrastructure are bound together in a crucial knot connecting freedom of speech and freedom of association and worship as integral parts of freedom from fear.   Without first addressing these key issues, little if any progress can be made in other resolving other problems.  This is why these four social infrastructure items (transit, libraries, health care and consumer debt law) that are within our public domain are placed in the first phase, leading directly into Phase II, which we look at next.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, II …)

I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are far from fixed in my mind, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rgh Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week was the tenth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having a safe place to fall back on, for every person able to cook an egg safely, could help society move forward in 45 to 60 years,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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13 thoughts on “Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1D: Are We There, Yet??

        1. Yes, very scary. But if there was hope in 1896, (right?) after the Plessy v. Fergeson decision gave us “Separate but Equal” as a legal excuse for lies, there is hope now, and more so: the entire world is watching, and the entire world is with us. We just need to keep our sleeves rolled up, and keep on working to build that twin set of empathy and critical thinking skills that will save us, if we Human Beings live long enough.

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        2. Some changes are being made:

          Moving from Phase IV as an acre/person to a Bedsit/person, as soon as a kid can boil an egg safely. Distance from family has been raised as an issue. Volunteers from Phase II would help with that, along with peer to peer apps similar to Zipcar and Freecycle.org

          Also, sometimes kids want to be far from the adults in their lives, if those adults are throwing them under the bus. This is why Chapter 8 provides for the local communities where the kid’s land is located, or the kid’s Bedsit, to help building/training/teaching and being part of the kid’s life, as long as the kid allows it.

          Shira

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    1. Thank you!!
      🙂

      It’s just a rough draft, of course, so it will need to be mostly rewritten, but at least not entirely from scratch. As I said earlier, it’s just the lump of clay from which the pot, or cup, or plate, will be molded, but now I have some of the clay, the basic material, to work with.

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        1. Thanks, but this is only the end of section I of chapter 1: still 3 more sections to go in chtpr 1.

          This section did sort of first lay out the entire idea, since it maps Phase I to each of the other phases, for the first time.
          That gave me a much better idea of where to take the rest of the chapters.

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